Don't think that just because Troy Polamalu crosses himself before every play, he's not out to hit you like he means it. ESPECIALLY when you're on OUR turf. He gave the following quote about the (silly) $15,000 fine that Hines Ward got on a play when he wasn't even penalized.
Anybody else glad the bye week is over?
It loses so much of its essence, and it really becomes like a pansy game.
I think regarding the evolution of football, it's becoming more and more flag football, two-hand touch. We've really lost the essence of what real American football is about. I think it's probably all about money. They're not really concerned about safety.You have to figure out how to tackle people a new way, There's such a fine line. I guess, hitting quarterbacks late and whether they're going to slide or come forward -- it's too much.
If you look at any sport, maybe besides mixed martial arts, it's a real gladiator sport. We go out there at a high speed, killing each other.You see guys like Dick Butkus and those types of really raw, old-school, pound-it-out football players; they could never survive in a game like this today. The Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums -- these guys who really went after people. They were that way because the game was physical. They couldn't survive in this type of game. They wouldn't have enough money because they'd be paying fines, and then they'd be suspended for a year after they did it two games in a row.
Also posted at the Pittsburgh Men's Blogging Society.